Paula Fredriksen

William Goodwin Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University

Paula Fredriksen is beginning a three-year leave of absence after 20 years as the William Goodwin Aurelio Chair of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University. She has held visiting professorships in Jerusalem (Hebrew University 1994–1995) and at Tel Aviv University (2005–2007). A graduate of Wellesley College (1973), Oxford University (1974), and Princeton University (1979), she has published widely on the social and intellectual history of ancient Christianity. She is the author of From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus (Yale, second edition 2000), for which she won the 1988 Yale Press Governors’ Award for Best Book, and Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity (Vintage, 1999), for which she won a National Jewish Book Award. She has also edited and contributed to a collection of essays about Mel Gibson’s controversial film, On ‘The Passion of the Christ’ (University of California Press, 2006). In her most recent book, Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism (Doubleday, 2008), Fredriksen traces the origins and growth of Christian anti-Judaism, while exploring Augustine’s singular response and challenge to it.

See Paula Fredriksen at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies. Her session,  “When Christians Were Jews” is the first part of a three-part series.